Injury seems to plague IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in one way or another these days. RingTV.com is reporting that Alexander has suffered a biceps injury, resulting in the postponement of his title defense against Kell Brook scheduled for February 23 on Showtime® at the Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit.
Following an impressive victory in his welterweight debut last February where he put on a boxing clinic in a virtual shutout over Marcos Maidana, former light welterweight champion Alexander (24-1, 13 KO's) found himself right back into title contention. He was scheduled to challenge then-IBF beltholder Randall Bailey on September 8 but that fight was postponed and placed on the undercard of Danny Garcia-Erik Morales at the Barclays Center on October 20 when Bailey suffered a back injury just a week before the scheduled bout.
Alexander easily defeated Bailey with a dreary unanimous decision to become a two-division world champion. The St. Louis native is expected to have a far more difficult task in defending his new belt against undefeated former British champion Brook (29-0, 19 KO's) who is traveling from the other side of the pond for his first world title attempt.
This fight was initially scheduled as the main event on a January 19 card that co-featured Lucas Matthysse vs Mike Dallas Jr. However, it was moved to February 23 after Brook injured his ankle.
The injury bug has now bitten Alexander this time, causing the fight to be postponed yet again. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has told RingTV.com that it will be rescheduled at a site to be determined in the United States and the rest of the card, which includes IBF light middleweight champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage vs Ishe Smith, will proceed as planned.
Depending on the severity of this injury, it would not be surprising if Alexander-Brook finds itself on the April 27 undercard of Danny Garcia-Zab Judah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As disruptive as all of this rescheduling has become, it would make for a slightly more convenient trip for Brook's fans who will be traveling from the UK to cheer on the Sheffield fighter.Tags: Boxing, Devon Alexander, Kell Brook, Randall Bailey